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Current Affairs 19th January 2018

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Current Affairs 19th January 2018 (today’s current affairs). Below are the current affairs of 19th January of this year-

  1. Central govt will set up a $350 million fund to finance solar projects.
  2. The government has made it mandatory to have Global Positioning System (GPS) devices in passenger transport vehicles from April 1.
  3. United Kingdom Prime Minister Theresa May has appointed a “minister for loneliness” in a bid to tackle social isolation.
  4. North & South Korea have agreed to march together under a single “unified Korea” flag at next month’s Winter Olympics in South Korea.
  5. PM Modi & his Israeli counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu inaugurated the iCreate centre in Ahmedabad’s Deo Dholera Village.
  6. Ships & aircraft of Indian Coast Guard & its Japanese counterpart conducted a joint naval drill in Chennai.
  7. YES Bank will mobilise $1 billion till 2023 & $5 billion till 2030 towards financing solar energy projects in India.
  8. Grab, Uber’s biggest competitor in Southeast Asian markets has acquired Bengaluru-based software start-up iKaaz.
  9. Invoice discounting marketplace – Invoicemart has tied up with BoB to discount invoices for MSMEs.
  10. Indian Cricket Captain Virat Kohli has been named as International Cricket Council Cricketer of the Year 2017.
  11. Veteran actress Ava Mukherjee, known for playing Shah Rukh Khan’s grandmother in Devdas has passed away the age of 88.
  12. A monthly magazine titled ‘Namaste Shalom’ will be launched to mark Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Mumbai visit.
  13. China has built a 100 metre high, nearly 328 feet tall air purifier, touted to be world’s largest, to combat the deadly pollution in the country.
  14. The residents of Afghanistan’s Logar province have awarded United States President Donald Trump a ‘Medal of Bravery’ over his recent stance against Pakistan.
  15. The board of State Bank of India has given nod to raise Rs 20,000 crore for financing affordable housing and infrastructure projects through long-term bonds.
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